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Assistant or Associate Professor in Opera Studies - School of Music, California State University, Fullerton

This is a Permanent, Full-time position.

Category: College/University
State/Province: Fullerton, CA
Position: Assistant or Associate Professor in Opera Studies
Deadline: September 13, 2019
Posted: July 26, 2019

Job Description / Duties

The primary professional responsibilities of this instructional faculty member are to teach undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in song and opera literature, diction (utilizing the International Phonetic Alphabet), and additional music courses in accordance with individual areas of expertise and departmental needs. Other responsibilities include supervising, directing, and musical coaching and preparation for the school’s opera productions in addition to program outreach, recruitment, and administrative duties such as fundraising and overseeing production budgets. The position requires working closely with applied voice and music education faculty and staff to promote positive, sustained relationships with regional high school and community college vocal music programs and work collaboratively with area coordinators of the Vocal, Orchestral, Jazz, and Keyboard programs. In addition, this position will be expected to participate in advising students; engaging in active peer-reviewed creative/scholarly activities; participation in department, college, university, and system-wide service; maintaining office hours; and working collaboratively and productively with colleagues. Positive tenure and promotion decisions require excellent teaching; a record of creative/scholarly activity in the discipline; strong leadership contributions to the school, college and university committees and to external professional organizations that serve the broader discipline’s communities.

Qualifications / Required Skills

Required Qualifications:

Terminal degree (MFA, DMA, Ph.D.) by the time of appointment, or a significant national/international professional career in the opera field
Evidence of successful college-level teaching using systematic teaching of song and opera literature classes, foreign language diction classes (utilizing the International Phonetics Alphabet)
Evidence of leading a successful university opera program
Evidence of a broad and thorough knowledge of operatic repertoire appropriate to both developing and pre-professional artists
Evidence of leadership, communication, organizational, and management skills as demonstrated through successful recruitment and outreach efforts
Evidence of the ability to balance excellent teaching, scholarship, and service.
Experience in working collaboratively with colleagues and communities
Demonstrated commitment to and excellence in teaching diverse student populations, including first‐generation college students
Preferred Qualifications:

Evidence of experience working in a professional opera setting as either a performer, opera coach, and/or opera director.
Evidence of successful experience in a tenure track position at an accredited university or college.

Additional Information

Application Procedure

A complete online application must be received by electronic submission in order to receive consideration. To apply, please visit to complete the required online Fullerton application, apply to requisition #493561, and provide the following required materials:

Letter of application responding to your experience related to the required qualifications and discussing your teaching philosophy and pedagogical practices with opera students
Curriculum Vitae
Candidate Diversity Statement:
This statement provides the candidate’s unique perspective on their past and present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting diversity, inclusion, and social justice in their professional careers. The purpose of the diversity statement is to help departments identify candidates who have professional experience, intellectual commitments, and/or the willingness to engage in activities that will help CSUF contribute to its mission in these areas.

A list of three references with relevant contact information
Finalists will be asked to submit the following additional information:

Links to recent recordings of opera productions and/or rehearsals that you have led. For each of these performances identify specifically what your role was with the production (e.g. stage director, musical coach, diction coach, producer, conductor, accompanist, etc.). Please provide Youtube links or access links to online storage (e.g. Dropbox, Google Docs.); do not send actual video files.
Three letters of recommendation. Please have these ready for the referents to submit.
Additional material such as current course outlines, course assignments, and rubrics may also be requested.
Please do not send additional materials until requested to do so. The finalists for the position will be contacted when and how to submit. Finalists will be required to submit all materials for full consideration.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications and is subject to budgetary authorization and any California State University System faculty contract increases.

Contact Information

Please direct all questions about the position to: Dale A. Merrill, Dean, College of the Arts at with “Opera Search” the subject line or call 657-278-3256.

Employer Profile

California State University, Fullerton is a minority-serving institution and an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. CSUF fosters an inclusive environment within which students, faculty, staff, and administrators thrive. Individuals advancing the University’s strategic diversity goals and those from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

CSUF faculty are committed teachers and scholars who bring research and creative discovery to students in classrooms, labs, studios, and individually mentored projects. They teach broadly in the curricula of their departments, advise students, and serve on departmental and university committees.

The Department

For over fifty years, the School of Music has been training students for professions in the music field. CSUF, located 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles in metropolitan Orange County, has a legacy of alumni actively engaged within music professions throughout Southern California, the United States, and internationally. Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1966, the School of Music is a comprehensive unit in the College of the Arts and offers undergraduate and master’s degrees in music performance in classical, jazz, and commercial music; as well as music education, conducting, composition, music theory, piano pedagogy, and music history. The School of Music serves approximately 400 undergraduate and graduate students, with 21 full-time and 50+ lecturer faculty. For more information about the school, please visit